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Implicit Bias in Behavioral Health (On-Demand)

Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 Category II CEs

Special Offers |  OnDemand
Gisele Ferretto, LCSW-C |  Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
1 Hour 39 Minutes
Audio and Video


This 90-minute workshop is focused on the exploration of implicit bias in the delivery of behavioral health services. These common, yet complex unconscious attitudes, reactions and stereotypes impact the delivery of behavioral health services and contribute to health disparities. Content will cover the following: implicit bias, the impact of bias on therapeutic outcomes and agency practices, and strategies for identifying and addressing bias in behavioral health. The new law and licensing regulations, which define implicit bias and the professional responsibilities for behavioral health, will be highlighted.  Examples will be given. 

*This workshop meets the Implicit Bias requirement for Behavioral Health Specialists including Social Workers, LG/CPCs, Psychologist and Psychiatrists. 

* Refunds will not be granted after purchase.  You have access to the video for 30 days. 



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University of Maryland School of Social Work

Gisele Ferretto, MSW, LCSW-C has over 35 years of social work experience in both clinical and macro practice areas. Her areas of expertise include: policy and leadership development, field education, child welfare practice, professional ethics, supervision, confidentiality, and curriculum development.  Ms Ferreto is considered a subject matter expert on the issue of confidentiality in social work practice. Most recently she was a contributing author for the Confidentiality and Information Utilization NASW Policy Statement recently published in Social Work Speaks 12th Edition: National Association of Social Workers Policy Statements 2021–2023. She once served on the Maryland Legislative Summer Study Committee that first established the language for the law that governs both health and behavioral health records for the state (Md. Health-General Code Ann. § 4-301 et seq.) 

Neijma Celestine-Donnor, LCSW-C's Profile

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As the School of Social Work’s first assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Neijma Celestine-Donnor will help lead the school's diversity and anti-oppression efforts and guide the achievement of a new standard for inclusive excellence. As a member of the dean’s executive leadership team, Celestine-Donnor has a strategic position responsible for promoting and enabling an inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff while championing organizational change.

Grounded in pursuing social justice for minority populations and supporting equity in higher education, Celestine-Donnor is an experienced leader focused on providing strategic oversight for protocols, services, and policies related to campus climate. She uses her clinical and conflict resolution skills to provide individual and systemic trauma-informed outreach, advocacy, and support for all. Her extensive experience developing, facilitating, and assessing professional development workshops, training, and programming designed to enhance the intercultural competency of students, faculty, and staff will be a tremendous benefit to the school.

Celestine-Donnor comes to the school from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as director of campus climate support and engagement in the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a 2009 graduate of the School of Social Work’s MSW program and previously served as a clinical training instructor and adjunct faculty member at the school. In addition, Celestine-Donnor is studying for a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.

Learning Objectives

Objectives: Participants will: 

  1. Explore the definitions of implicit bias and bias as defined in law and behavioral health care practice standards, including Health General § 20-1301. 
  2. Examine the impact of implicit bias on every level of service delivery including intake, assessment, intervention, and agency protocols. 
  3. Identify strategies for identifying, addressing, and preventing implicit bias in behavioral health care. 

Bibliography & References







  • Recovering from Mistakes: Aguilar, L. C. (2006). Ouch! That stereotype hurts. Flower Mound, TX: The Walk the Talk Company





Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $45 and includes CE credit. You have access to the course for 30 days. 

* Refunds will not be granted after purchase.

Course Completion & CE Information


Category II Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 1.5 Category II Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category B continuing professional education.



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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

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